Add to that, easy setup and an excellent remote, and you have a complete package. It is solidly built, and will unobtrusively fit under most displays or easily mounted on a wall. It employs 8 speakers and 2 bass reflex ports along with a wireless subwoofer. It’s a bass reflex system to enhance the bass from the main unit.
Sound bars are for people wanting to avoid complicated speaker setups with lots of wires. Yamaha has accomplished this, and while this compact and powerful unit won’t challenge a good multi-channel setup it’s going to work really well in a smaller room where simplicity is needed. It’s the most feature rich sound bar I’ve seen.
Cables plug in the back, and are out of sight from the front. LEDs on the top of the speaker indicate the mode and selected input.
The Yamaha YAS-706 really shines with its included features. There are plenty of inputs, including 2 HDMI ports, analog and optical inputs, and you can stream to the YAS-706 from Bluetooth, WiFi and Apple’s Airplay. The Yamaha supports MusicCast, a Sonos competitor for multi-room playback, and streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Napster, vTuner and SiriusXM are all on board.
Can the Yamaha YAS-706 credibly fill in for a more traditional surround system? I’ve tested the Yamaha in small and large rooms, and against some bookshelf and large speaker systems. Look for my complete review shortly.